NYFEA, Agriculture’s Promise and The National Institute

August 4, 2010 at 9:13 am Leave a comment

Thank you to Samantha Jo Pedder for today’s guest blog post on her experience with NYFEA! Don’t forget about the National Institute December 9-11 in Monterey, California! For more information, visit http://bit.ly/9QDzlc.

My closest relationships to agriculture prior to attending Penn State and the National Young Farmers Institute were a few pet goats and chickens, a family garden and many trips to the local county fairs. My name is Samantha Pedder and I am a senior at Penn State majoring in Wildlife Science. I am a hunter and all-around- outdoors woman, with a less than standard knowledge base of the agricultural industry. Never would I have thought that in college I would become interested in agriculture, let alone attend conferences across the nation based on the industry or join an organization such as the National Young Farmer Educational Association (NYFEA).

I was introduced to the NYFEA through a friend who informed me of a trip south to Alabama for the 2009 National Institute. I jumped at the chance to learn about agricultural practices in another state and to attend the leadership training workshop. The trip was a three day tour packed full of southern hospitality, historical and educational stops and laughter. During the trip, I toured one of the largest shipping yards in Mobile and an agriculture research center where I tested a tasty new variety of oranges. I also had the opportunity to participate in the Young Ag Leaders Event (YALE), a great workshop that offered lessons in teamwork and leadership. And finally, I was able to enter a paper in the Ag Communications Contest and learned valuable communication skills during the seminar led by Mr. Carl Jessen. Overall, I learned more on this trip and from the people I met than I ever could have in a classroom.

This experience was a very rewarding and enjoyable chance to delve deeper into agriculture.  The 2010 National Institute will be in Monterey, California, and I am already looking for a flight out there.  Tours of vineyards and the Dole Salad Plant await in the beautiful landscape of California, as well as a chance to make new friends and learn even more.  I guarantee that any person that attends will enjoy themselves and learn quite a bit about agriculture and what it takes to become a leader for our generation.  I encourage every student, agriculture major or not, to explore what the NYFEA has to offer at the National Institute this year.

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Entry filed under: Agriculture's Promise 2010, Guest Bloggers, NYFEA info, The National Institute 2010.

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